Executive Director, In Silico Biologics Discovery

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


Job Opportunity: Executive Director, In Silico Biologics Discovery

Location: Cambridge - UK (Granta Park / Cambridge Biomedical Campus) / Gaithersburg, MD - US

At AstraZeneca, we’re not afraid to do things differently. We’re building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening up new ways to work, pioneering groundbreaking methods and bringing cross-functional teams together!

We are looking to recruit an Executive Director to lead our In Silico Biologics Discovery team and technology investments. In Silico Biologics Discovery drives the application of data ingestion & formatting, bioinformatics, laboratory automation and in silico design methods to therapeutic antibody design and discovery. The team incorporates dedicated groups working together to reimagine our biologics discovery workflows through internal innovation as well as strategic external partnerships – with the exciting goal of moving us toward higher throughput and more efficient discovery platforms, as well as In Silico Antibody design and optimisation.

Main duties and responsibilities

As the Executive Director of In Silico Biologics Discovery, you will lead a multidisciplinary team of bioinformaticians, data scientists, automation scientists and AI/ML experts implementing next generation discovery workflows including de novo antibody design for AstraZeneca drug projects.

As a senior leader within our Biologics Engineering organisation you will also have a significant role in leading both line and global matrix teams to maximise individual talents, as well as develop high-performing teams by role modelling and leading by example. You will have a passion for scientific delivery and innovation, developing science and technology strategy, shaping the future of the In Silico Biologics Discovery capability, and building trusted relationships within and outside our organisation. Most importantly you will have a passion for translating technical innovation into biological medicines and impact for patients.

This opportunity enables you to work within a first-class biologics R&D environment to support medicine creation across all of AstraZeneca’s Therapeutic Areas. You will develop and maintain a high level of science and technology knowledge, and continue to build world leading specialist expertise in Silico Biologics Discovery.

Essential requirements

  • PhD in a relevant scientific subject area or equivalent experience
  • Strong track record of innovation in Silico Biologics Discovery, supported by publication record
  • Demonstrable experience in workflow, process and method development related to in silico biologics design and discovery
  • Demonstrable experience in applying in silico design to drug discovery projects
  • Experience in leading drug and technology projects and matrix management of diverse teams across different regions / time zones
  • Track record of promoting, motivating and empowering others to accomplish individual, team and organisational objectives
  • Initiates and successfully delivers value from external collaborations
  • Represents AstraZeneca externally as an invited speaker at leading conferences
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain networks and excellent working relationships with scientific/leadership teams globally

Desirable requirements

  • Experience in leading change management initiatives and engaging organisations in new ways of working
  • Experience in complex project management and delivery

Why AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential. Interested? Come and join our journey

What’s next

Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available, and we hope it’s yours.

Where can I find out more

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Next steps: Submit an application today, or connect with our Talent Acquisition Partner - Sam Hunter: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samhunter1/ or Talent Scout, Ellen Willcox: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellen-willcox-03a2b1/ for a confidential discussion to explore this opportunity further. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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